Why Choose C&K Everton Park Kindy?
Highly Qualified & Experienced Educators
Our Educators are highly qualified and have MANY years of experience in Early Childhood Education.
Each group is taught by an Early Childhood Teacher. Mrs Diacaris has more than 30 years’ experience at C&K Everton Park Kindy & Mrs Kerr has nearly 20 years’ experience in the sector. Teachers are with the children for the entire kindergarten day and in the event they are unable to attend another qualified early childhood teacher will provide relief (often they relieve for each other).
Teachers are supported by a qualified assistant with many years of experience. Mrs Blair-West has a Certificate III in Early Childhood and has over 17 years with C&K Everton Park Kindergarten.
Each group also has a highly qualified inclusion support educator. Mrs Grecian is a qualified early childhood teacher.
Our staff love working at C&K Everton Park, our staff turnover is minimal and often only occurs on retirement as was the case with our previous teacher who retired after 28 years with C&K Everton Park.
Low staff turnover ensures children and their families build lasting connections with educators.
More Educators Per Child
We have 3 educators to a maximum of 25 children.
This is approximately 1 educator to 8 children which exceeds Government requirements of 1 educator to 11 children.
Our staff/children ratios ensure children are supported and given more individual attention.
Our Natural Playground is Enormous
Our playground is huge and full of leafy trees, real grass, a large sandpit, shady forest area, swings, large tree house, fort, large deck and many gardens. The children can enjoy playing in this beautiful natural environment, listening to the wonderful birds that live in our trees and observing the many natural wonders of their surroundings.
As we only have a maximum of 25 children per day, the playground is for the sole use of these children and can be accessed at different times depending on the weather and the flow of the day. On beautiful days we can enjoy morning tea under the trees. We can search for wildlife and follow the journey of the tawny frogmouth family who return each year to have their babies.
At C&K Everton Park Kindergarten each child has 40 m2 of space. This is more than 5 times the minimum government regulations which specify that each child shall have at least 7 m2 of outdoor space.
EXCEEDING the National Standard
Approved Kindergarten Programs are assessed and certified by the Qld Government. Services are assessed against the National Quality Standard.
We are rated as EXCEEDING. This means our Kindergarten goes beyond the requirements of the National Quality Standard. Our last review occurred in 2021.
Building Independence, Strong Friendships & Connections
We have set groups and fixed hours which provide children with structure that nurtures each child’s confidence and independence.
The children build strong friendships with the others in their group and stable relationships with the educators who understand and plan for each child’s individuality.
Children arrive and leave at the same time each day. This builds strong friendships, confidence and independence skills (eg packing/ unpacking bags, responsibility for belongings).
A common arrival and departure time also fosters parent friendships as it gives families a chance to interact and socialise.
Children are able to continue play over consecutive kindergarten days if they wish. They can share their creations with families at drop off/pick-up.
Families are encouraged to be part of their children’s day if they wish. We offer roster days where you can attend (all day/few hours) and join in your child’s learning journey (this is especially lovely around birthday times). We also offer working parents who the opportunity to attend weekend activities during the year to experience Kindy with their children.
At C&K Everton Park Kindy each day is exciting and new. A day may involve working on projects and investigations, exploring, communicating, sharing, creating, imagining and much more.
As we have a maximum of 25 children at any time, the children have the benefit and freedom associated with having the entire kindergarten to themselves.
C&K Everton Park was established in 1962 and we have had nearly 60 years to build a massive array of books, equipment, puzzles, music and play equipment. We do not have all of our resources out in the room at one time. This allows us to rotate items during the year or access additional resources to support children’s interests and abilities.
C&K Everton Park Kindy is very well resourced with ample paint and craft resources. In addition to what is on the shelves, we have an entire storeroom dedicated to craft resources.
Children are involved in resourcing their play by selecting their own equipment, paints, choosing music, directing games and expressing their imagination.
At C&K Everton Park Kindy we involve the whole family in the child’s learning by providing opportunities such as:
- Roster days. Parents/ Grandparents can participate in a day at Kindy and experience what Kindy life is all about. This is especially fun on birthdays.
- Working parents morning. We understand that for some parents a day at Kindy just can’t fit in with working life. To involve working parents we open the Kindy to parents and children to visit on a Saturday morning.
- Grandparent morning. Grandparents love to visit and so we run a morning where they can come and enjoy Kindy. For children who may not have Grandparents close by we always find the children love to share their “special visitors” with their friends.
- Social events. During the year we run social events for families such as Kindy disco, welcome BBQ’s and other fun activities.
- Committee roles. Families can be involved in the current and future direction of the kindergarten, including setting fees, building projects, policy decisions etc.
Not-For-Profit Community Kindergarten
C&K Everton Park Kindy is a non-profit association and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (https://www.acnc.gov.au/).
We strive to keep fees as low as possible and funds are reinvested into the kindergarten to benefit the children.
Families form the management of the kindergarten and are involved in management decisions.
Long History in the Community
We have been part of the Everton Park community since 1962. That is nearly 60 years of early childhood education in the local community.